KNA The government on Saturday received 410,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of Britain.
Speaking when receiving the consignment at the JKIA, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said ‘This consignment could not have come at a better time, particularly when we were in a robust campaign to vaccinate our people against Covid-19, a disease that has caused untold suffering not only to Kenyans, but the entire world,”.
The CAS noted that the number of positive cases in the country has been rising particularly in some counties with Nairobi continuing to record the highest numbers of those contracting the virus.
“This is a clear indication that the city residents and many in the other counties were blatantly flouting the containment measures that we have advised. This is very risky. This is not good!” Dr. Mwangangi said
She noted that medical facilities especially in Nairobi were overstretched and most amenities especially the ICU beds were lacking thus there is need to make sure all stay safe to avoid the virus by observing the containment measures in place.
She however noted that another weapons to face the pandemic is the vaccine and clarified that so far, the country has received and administered close to 2million doses since March this year, with slightly under 700,000 people already fully vaccinated.
“Our capacity for vaccine deployment remains very robust but as is now common knowledge, our efforts have been greatly affected by supply constraints. Therefore, when we receive donations such as what we have received today from friends and well-wishers, it is a deserved shot in the arm for our vaccination efforts”, she said.
The donation, Dr. Mwangangi said will go a long way towards bolstering the government’s efforts to vaccinate a majority of people on the journey towards herd immunity, thanking the British government through British Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya Her Excellency, Jospehine Gauld who was with her when receiving the consignment
She urged all frontline workers and those aged 58 and above who were yet to take their vaccines to visit medical facilities for vaccination.
“We were not only calling on those who need to be vaccinated for the second dose as has been the case the last few weeks but even those yet to receive their first dose,” she said
As of yesterday, the CAS confirmed that a total of 1,723,727 vaccines had so far been administered across the country and of these, total first doses were 1,062,413 while second doses were 661,314.
“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 62.2 percent with the majority being males at 55 percent while females were at 45 percent with a proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.45 percent, “she said.
However, Dr. Mwangangi said that although vaccination is a major step towards the fight against the virus, the war can best be won through individual and personal responsibility.
“I call on all Kenyans and all residents in the country to strictly adhere to the guidelines already given and ensure a change in behavior to avoid contracting the disease,” she emphasized.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mwangangi said COVID 19 had yesterday again recorded another all-time high number with 1,259 people having tested positive for the disease from a sample size of 8,081 tested in the last 24 hours.
“The positivity rate stands at 15.6 percent and the total confirmed positive cases at 203,213 with cumulative tests so far conducted being 2,132,355,” she said.
From the cases 1,224 were Kenyans while 35 were foreigners. 630 were females while 629 were males. The youngest is a five-month-old infant while the oldest was 107 years.
In terms of County distribution, Dr. Mwangangi noted that Nairobi recorded 417 cases followed by Nyeri 139, Kiambu 120, Mombasa 96, Nakuru 66, Kilifi 60, Kajiado 42, Uasin Gishu 34, Taita Taveta 31, Nandi 28, Busia 21, Machakos 19, Kericho 16, Embu 16, Nyandarua 15, Kirinyaga 13, Kwale 13, Trans Nzoia 11, Kisumu and Murang’a 10 cases each.
Others were Turkana 9, Baringo 8, Tana River 7, Bomet 7, Meru 6, Garissa 5, Siaya 5, Bungoma 4, Homa Bay 4, Migori 4, Narok 4, Nyamira 4, Kakamega 4, Vihiga 3, Kisii 2, Kitui 2, Makueni 2, West Pokot 1 and Elgeyo Marakwet 1.
Dr. Mwangangi noted that yesterday 498 patients had recovered from the disease with 357 from Home-Based Isolation and Care while 141 were from various health facilities countrywide bringing the total recoveries now at 188,936 out of which 150,552 were from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 38,384 were from various health facilities.
“Unfortunately, 5 patients have succumbed to the disease, with one of them having occurred in the last 24 hours while 5 were late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits on diverse dates in July 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,931. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost their loved ones”, she said.
The CAS confirmed that currently a total of 1,469 patients were admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 3,965 were under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.
185 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 43 of whom were on ventilatory support and 86 on supplemental oxygen. 56 patients were under observation.
Another 445 patients were separately on supplemental oxygen with 399 of them in general wards and 46 in High Dependency Units (HDU).